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The Gentle Art of Healing Last of the series.

The Use Of Color In Art Therapy

Color is a major consideration for art therapists as well. They may instruct their clients to paint with a certain color that will bring out their issues or help them deal with them. Or, they may leave the color to the client and simply notice what colors they choose and how they combine the color with lines.

In art therapy, the client’s use of orange might sometimes be an indication that the client suffered some form of sexual abuse in their past. Gray might show that they’re feeling depressed, hopeless, or cut off from their emotions.

While art therapy isn’t technically color therapy, the two methods do recognize many of the same effects of each of the colors in the visual spectrum.

Why Is Color Therapy Controversial?


As a science, color therapy is in its infant stages, if it’s even been born into modern thinking. Some research is in progress, and some has been completed. So far, the studies have not revealed any reliable evidence about if and how colors affect us.

One 2004 review of studies on color use in healthcare settings revealed some interesting problems with the concepts behind color therapy.

  • There’s no direct link between specific colors and health.
  • There’s probably a connection between color and mood, but one specific color isn’t directly associated
  • One 2004 review of studies on color use in healthcare settings revealed some interesting problems with the concepts behind color therapy. with one specific mood.
  • Color changes the way we perceive and behave, but just how it affects us isn’t clear.
  • Current thinking on color seems to be an oversimplification of a much more complex type of influence.

In some countries, color therapy is recognized as a healing treatment and is regulated by law. In other countries, color therapy is considered a scam and a waste of time and money. As research continues, color therapy may become more controversial or less so. For now, each person must decide whether color therapy is something they want to pursue or not.

Is Color Therapy Right For Me?

Color therapy may be helpful to you, and it may not. It’s hard to say at this point. When deciding whether to have color therapy or apply it to yourself, consider these questions:

  • Am I willing to try something that isn’t yet proven?
  • How much am I affected by colors in my environment? (Color more influences some people than others.)
  • Do I know enough about color therapy to try it for myself?
  • Would another type of therapy address my situation more effectively?

No matter what your mental condition, there is a therapy that’s right for you. The good news is that you don’t have to know when you first seek help. You can talk to a counselor at right away. If you find you want a different type of therapy, you can request that your therapist use other methods that make more sense to you. Or, you can change to a different therapist whenever you choose.

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All information was obtained from these sites and has been republished here for your information. It is not intended as absolute truth. Each person must decide for themselves. Thanks for reading.

My personal experience may not be the same as yours. And that’s okay. Just remember to be positive. There is usually a solution. Sharyn

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